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TFreeman last won the day on February 27

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    1983 ski nautique 2001
  1. Wakesurf Board Rack

    Nice mod. I use that krypt rack on my boat as well, for what it's worth, my wakeboards are more stable on it then the other cheap wakeboard specific rack I got. I'll probably end up replacing the board rack for another surf rack. Nice project
  2. Thx for the feed back. I'm definitely an ameture welder, I've got a Lincoln 180 power mig, I feel like the metal was joined as well as it needed to be, I just was lacking in the visual department. As far as the plates go when I was into Jeep's and off-roading I saw a lot of frame jobs, they all used a diamond shaped plate at the joint. Probably for the reasons you mentioned. I feel like the trailer will see much less stress and I'd be fine with the ones used. But I think you're absolutely correct. "Knocked out the stringers and stuff" was referencing the time between mid march and the end of May. But yeah no big deal. Hahaha that list kept getting loner the more I finished.
  3. The early ski nautique 2001s came with a short trailer, I read somewhere they were left over trailers from the earlier models that were shorter then the 18'6 SN 2001s. Whatever the reason it bothered me being short as well as not having a prop guard. As a temporary remedy I moved the boat forward on the trailer a few inches, resulting in a few inches of trailer and minimal effect on younger weight. Then I pulled the boat off to do stringers so I made some of the mods while it was off. I added 24" to the rear of the trailer, extended the bunks, paint and new carpet. One concern of somebody else, was extra weight on the rear of the trailer, but keep in mind the boat (the load) is sitting in the same spot, I really only added a few pounds of metal to the rear. Tows fine. When extending the trailer i butt welded the 24" piece on either side, for strength I welded a plate over the joint. Unfortunately the new steel is a bit thicker so the plate had to be on the outside of the frame. It's nearly invisible though once painted. While the boat boat is off the trailer, I'd recommend checking the wiring as well as running it through some pvc pipe to keep it neat. I hate seeing wires dangling riding down the road. Once complete with the above, I knocked out the stringers and other junk, and the boat went back on the trailer. After a short time, the prop guard was due up to be built. And asking in the nautique boats Facebook group, I learned the prop/rudder sat about 2-3/4" above the guard and the width of the bottom flat edge is about 17" wide on the later SN2001 factory trailers. I stuck pretty close to the 2-3/4" clearance between the prop and guard but I made my flat bottom edge wider, in my opinion 17 or wider is the way to go, I'd avoid narrower demensions to give some Lee-way while loading. I built the guard first first out of 2x4 lumber and copied the angles on to steel then welded it up. Then keeping it it a little like the later factory guard, I bolted it on. I used grade 8 bolts. The factory guard also had a center bar that ran forward and bolted to the nearest cross member on the trailer, so that was added as well. Last item on the list was to move the 3-light bar for wider trailers. I had previously built a replacement out of angle aluminum and LED lights, it was riveted on to the center of the prop guard and wired in. Project complete, I haven't scraped it yet beyond the gravel I park on, but I have piece of mind the running gear is now safe, and it looks like the correct trailer is under the boat.
  4. Cheap no sew/weld tower Bimini

    Appreciate it. Looks a lot different now. But I did dig those old school stripes. I wasn't a fan of the wood grain dash tho.
  5. So back when I threw a tower on my old ski nautique. My fair skinned self needed some shade. In my mind the price of a Bimini was outrageous. so I went about making one. Materials needed: sunbrella fabric of your color choice, grommets (1/4" silver ordered on amazon. Still got about a billion left over) double sided seam tape, paracord, Emt conduit I used 1/2", 4 conduit corners, hand full of stainless bolts, washers and nylon nuts. 4 exhaust clamps I found stainless on line. Used standard junk temporarily and it rusted relatively quick. Rubber washers or unused rubber from tower clamps Start by by determining how large you want the Bimini frame to be. Measure inside the tower legs. And leave some clearance, maybe 1/2"-1" per side. Then decide how long you want it. I went a little longer front to back then side by side. Cut the conduit pieces to length and width and build the frame using the corners. They use a slip joint with set screw to secure. I did this part first because I didn't exactly know what I was doing. Now that the frame is assembled take your sunbrella material and lay it out. I'll throw some random numbers out here. Let's say 60" long by 55" wide is the frame demensions. The idea was to have the fabric smaller then the frame for mine. My finished fake size would have been 58" long by 53" wide. That's an inch all the way around between the frame and fabric. But you also need material for the grommets to grab, I left 2" all the way around to fold under. So my cuts for the fake demensions would have been 64" by 59" Lay out the material flat and get the double sided seam tape. I used a pencil or something to mark off my 2" mark. Place that tape down and fold over to your marks. Repeat on all sides. I measured and decided to put my grommets relatively close. Maybe 3-4" apart, on both layers of material. An inch or so from the edge. On all 4 sides. The grommets were snug for a finished end of the paracord. But it works, start on an end with a small quality cinching knot (double overhand) around the frame, spiral it around the frame and through all the grommets on that side. I used a clove hitch and an overhand knot to terminate the run. The 2nd knot is easily adjustable but won't let go unless you want it to. Now after all 4 sides are done I got some extra hands from the wife, she held it up in place while I measured. Made a "y" shaped leg for each side on the rear and a straight leg for the front. For the legs the attachment on the tower was an exhaust clamp, I used trimmed down rubber from an actual tower clamp to protect the tower. One bolt installed like normal, the other captured an end of the leg. Making the legs: measure from clamp to desired location on the frame. Cut conduit to length. Hammer ends flat and drill the holes. I Used my angle grinder to shape the ends round. Bolt them up. I cut rubber washers out of the spare clamp rubber I had. The "y" leg is necessary to keep it in place and the process was the same as above. The top top held up fine for well over a season, I did bend it the one time we traveled to a different lake. Our normal spot is 20 minutes out. Max speed is about 55 on the street. I got up toward 70 on the interstate and bent it. Since it's always deployed. I replaced the two bent bars and added a center support. But kept the speeds down. We found out we were pregnant so I went ahead and purchased a collapsable over the tower top so I can hang a toddler swing from the tower. The top ended up looking good and actually getting many compliments. Improvements could have been stainless frame, and sewed seams but it did the trick. I'll post a pic of the inspiration as well
  6. Mine started as a carpet project, I had a soft spot in front of the ski pylon that was going to be addressed as well. I removed the interior and old carpet and noticed the soft spot was much larger then initially thought. After investigating I found it was all rotten. With some urging from a neighbor, I took on the project. Its not a complicated project, just labor intensive. I bought a black and decker belt sander on amazon, it proved to be the most valuable asset, followed by a 4' and 6' harbor freight level, harbor freight angle grinder, tyvek suits and respirator. Circular saw and recip saw, dremel with cut off wheel. First part of my project was to remove interior pieces and carpet. I used a battery powered circular saw to cut out the floor. Most of the glass was about 1/4" thick so I set the blade near that level. I left about a 2-4" lip all around the floor as a reference to the height. Once the floor is out you will notice there is much less wood then you think, and it's mostly glass over foam, depending on the route you take on your rebuild, I'd recommend taking pictures and measurements of the supporting areas of wood left over prior to removing. As well as keeping the floor pieces for reference throughout the project. Also note the height of the motor and tranny mounts on the cradle. The motor location is the most important part of the project, floor doesn't matter so much. Remove all the old foam and discard (multiple bags and trash can fulls of wet foam). I did this all outside and it help cutdown on the mess in the garage. Do some research if need be, but the motor, transmission prop shaft should be removed, throttle cable and shifter cable can be flexed out of the way or removed. Steering cable is probably best removed rather then flexed, and I removed my rudder for clearance in the garage. I took my boat off the trailer for the project, mainly for fitting in my little garage. If you leave it on the trailer, apparently the hull needs extra support, I noticed it seems flimsy when the floor is cut out, I imagine it will sag in the middle with out supporting it. Now for the really messy part. Stringer removal, the goal here is to save the bottom edge of the old wood to copy for your new stringers. I had 1 out of the 4 that was able to be copied due to the rot. I tried to make a template for the inside and outside of my stringers, ended up way off and had to address it later. To achieve the task of saving the old ones, use an angle grinder with cut off wheel to cut the fillet at the base of the stringer, put the wheel in at a more horizontal angle and you can feel when it's through the glass and into the wood/rot. Once it's cut all around, pry out the stronger and go copy it on your new wood. The mains are standard 2x 8or10 (can't remember) if you go with the smaller board you can epoxy the gas tanks support spacer on to the rest of the stringer, or use the larger board and have more waste. The secondaries are 1x 6? Stacked together around the exhaust. I mis-measured and didn't realize until completion, had a 1/4 gap about a foot long on either side of the motor box, addressed that later with aluminum angle to hide it. When shaping the stringers keep in mind, if you do a wood floor, and want it the same height as original, subtract that thickness off your new boards. After cuttings and shaping your new boards coat them with epoxy resin, here is where opinions differ, some say use the penetrating epoxy, according to the west brand epoxy resin, it does the trick alone, I followed that route with the recommended number of coats on their website. Next we bed in the now coated new boards, I used west microfibers to thicken up the epoxy (called peanut butter due to consistency). Make sure you keep adding it until it's PB consistency or it will ooze out and make a mess. Use the same mix to fillet the corners. As as far as locating the stringer, a groove was left by the old ones, I also used scrap wood as spacers and clamped it in between the new board and old stringer ( I placed one new stringer at a time, that way I could reference the old ones). Remember that as you add layers of glass the thickness will change making the distances a little different. So my heights were way off due to the poor shape of the originals, the belt sander made "quick" work of it, and the levels bought at harbor freight for cheap made for a great straight edge, not worrying about it being level so much as flat I brought the stringers gown to where the floor would sit flat. Then reference the motor cradle measurements and make sure it's at the correct height as well. On to the glassing. I used all epoxy resin (fiberglasssite.com had a good price) and 1700 cloth. I layed it on the fillets at 2" then 4", 8" then an all over the top layer. The 1700 cloth has multiple layers of woven cloth in it. Been very solid thus far. I didn't mention it earlier but the old bilge coating needs to be ground out with a flap disks to the clean glass underneath for a good bond (still have dust in my garage from this.) i didnt do foam in mine so my next step was the floor. After getting my primaries and secondaries glasses in at the proper height, I took the lip of the old floor out. I was easy for me by prying it out from the underside with a thin crow bar. Idk if the glass had weakened over time or from the rot but it came out easily. I also added 5-6 perpendicular ribs outside of the secondary stringers to support the floor. (Took no pics). NOTE: after dealing with the rot and wet foam, I decided to add some drain openings. The goal was not to trap water under the floor. The idea came from the rear drain spot on the primaries. Added it to the secondaries and all the ribs. I think allowing it to drain will allow it to dry. END NOTE. cut the floor out of ply wood. Marine grade 3/4" is recommended. I used 3/4" exterior plywood (bcx has waterproof glue) coated with the epoxy resin. I glued (peanut butter) and screwed it down (stainless screws also coated in epoxy resin) to the stingers. Fill any gaps with the peanut butter Glass the joints in growing layers again up the outside edge and down over the mains. On mine i did not build the hump under the bow, I kept the floor flat and left an opening for the vent tubes,cables and wiring as far over as possible. The floor in front of the pylon was left removable (think the rear floor) for more easily servicing parts or running wires. Angle aluminum supports the sides. A battery box was built and glasses in under the floor. Holds 2 batteries with a bit of storage space or third battery spot. Running 2 vent tubes rather then 3, stretched them all the way back to the motor (some guys fit pvc in there, flex tube was easier and cheaper). I built a box that's removeable above the floor to protect the goods. After that hat it's a matter of finishing it, glue and carpet, I did seadek, coating the bilge and re installing parts. In the pics you'll see mine had a few other changes done while it was under the knife, otherwise it ended up working out well. This has been long so I'm not gonna proof read it. Feel free to ask any questions.